From hip Dublin, to raw landscapes, wild coastlines, country pubs, lively folk music and dance, Ireland has much to offer.

Ireland is a popular tourist destination for many reasons - there are plenty of established historic traditions which are exciting and its love of Guinness is well-known. Travellers particularly fall in love with the people of Ireland and their unique accent. Hospitality in Ireland is counted among the greatest virtues, dating from the Celtic times when anyone not offering the traveller food or drink was considered shameful, and the country is now legendary for the friendliness of its people. Hospitality finds its institution in the local pub - the centre of social life. Even the smallest towns have numerous pubs and none of them are ever empty. The Irish keep their easy-going attitude to life and they never seem to rush or worry - in Ireland time is the greatest luxury.

When to Go

A&K Europe Travel Experts suggests that the peak months of the tourist season are July and August, so consider visiting in May, June or September if you can. The weather is likely to be at least as good and hotels are less busy. Spring flowers are at their best in April and May, and October offers many arts festivals. Winter days have their own sort of atmosphere but darkness falls early, and many sites and attractions are closed, as are a lot of the hotels in holiday areas. You can have magnificent beaches like Rosses Point near Sligo Town all to yourself, but it may be too cold to swim

Featured Ireland Journeys

Group of 189 days, from AU$10,285
Ireland: Splendours of the Emerald Isle – A Luxury Small Group Journey

Revel in the finest traditions of Irish hospitality on this indulgent luxury journey through Ireland. Thrill to magnificent scenery, including the Ring of Kerry.

Group9 days, from AU$10,285
Private9 days, from AU$12,025
Best of Southern Ireland with Ashford Castle

Explore the Emerald Isle from east coast to west. From the Georgian architecture of Dublin to Cork and its Titanic heritage, the scenic Ring of Kerry and the Irish Lakes District.

Private9 days, from AU$12,025
Private8 days, from AU$13,835
Belmond Grand Hibernian: Grand Tour of Ireland - Northbound

Storybook castles, vibrant cities, beautiful national parks… Lose yourself to the never-ending charms of Ireland aboard Belmond Grand Hibernian.

Private8 days, from AU$13,835
Private3 days, from AU$5,165
Belmond Grand Hibernian: Taste of Ireland

From the buzz of Belfast to the artisanal delights of Waterford, explore the highlights of Northern Ireland.

Private3 days, from AU$5,165

Featured Accommodation

Belmond Grand Hibernian

Belmond Grand Hibernian is Ireland’s first ever luxury touring train, lifting travel in the Emerald Isle to dazzling new heights.

Shannon Princess

​The ten passenger Shannon Princess is the largest hotel barge cruising the River Shannon.

Ashford Castle

Overlooking Lough Corrib, Ireland's second largest lake, on 350 acres of stunning parkland, this award-winning luxury hotel from the Red Carnation collection occupies a 13th century castle.

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